At Window Nation, providing sturdy, long-lasting screens with the windows we sell is important to us. And we know that those screens are important to you. They are the barrier that keeps wasps from coming into your house when you open your windows up to let the fall air in. They stop the flies that are buzzing around your outside trash from getting into your kitchen. And they keep a whole range of potential pests from using your windows as a doorway into your home. Screens are important. Really important. But keeping pests out is only one of the many reasons you should maintain your window screens. Here are a few more reasons to consider.

Curb Appeal

When it comes time to sell a home, one of the first things a real estate agent will suggest is a replacement of all your screens. They know that damaged or dirty screens make potential buyers wonder, “If they didn’t take care of their screens, what else didn’t they take care of.” Good, clean screens make a good impression. When people come to visit, shiny, well-kept screens will add appeal to the overall beauty of your home.

Dirt Splash

Screens don’t only increase your curb appeal; when they are in good working condition and kept nice and clean, they can also help to keep your exterior window panes from getting dirty. Clean window screens won’t cause dirt to splatter on your window glass. Instead, you’ll have clean water splattering and drizzling down your window panes. Who knows–that rain may even give your windows an extra cleaning.

Heat Loss

Good, working screens help to reduce heat transfer. Sure, most of the work is going to be done with the coating on your glass, the argon or krypton gas between each pane of glass, and the insulation in your window frames which reduces heat transfer. But screens help too. Most importantly, those screens will keep pests from getting in and chewing holes in your frames. Nothing is going to let the heat out of your home faster than a rodent hole, or damage done by carpenter ants.

Water Damage

When your screens work properly, they will help to deflect rain water. No window does well with water continually pooling up on it. Water has a way of getting in and causing mold to occur. Mold can also form on your screens themselves. But a clean, good working screen resists water and mold.

An ounce of maintenance goes a long way when it comes to keeping a home safe and secure. Stay vigilant!

This is the time of year when we go around the house and remove all the screens for winter. If this is something you do as part of the yearly maintenance of your home, you are probably aware of how much of a pain it is. You have to deal with latches, tabs, and unyielding metal frames. You have to deal with screens slipping from your hands and falling outside. And, you may even have to deal with getting a hole in your screens, even as you’re attempting to protect them from being damaged. Window screens can be a little bit of a pain. But we have a new product that makes fall-screen-prep a breeze. It is called FlexScreen. And it is amazing!

Imagine having screens that you can quickly and easily pull into your home, without any worry about damaging them. There are no locking mechanisms or hard metal frames to deal with. FlexScreen screens have a flexible frame that can be bent in and snapped back into place. Taking those screens out is easy. And, putting them back is a snap. Quite literally.

If you like having an unobstructed view of your yard all winter long, FlexScreen makes that fall-prep chore simple. Just slide your double hung window up, bend the sides of your FlexScreen in, and pull it into your home. It is made from a material that is nearly indestructible. So, you don’t have to worry about being gentle.

If you like having a better view of your yard all year long, FlexScreen is great for that too. The high-performance steel frame tucks into the screen track around your window and vanishes from sight, giving you an unobstructed view of the outside.

FlexScreen:

  • Offers a simple design that makes mounting and unmounting a breeze.

  • Are damage resistant over time, these screens are durable and long lasting.

  • Hides in the track of your windows and give you more of the view you love.

  • Protects your home from pests.

  • Allows more natural light in.

  • Brings in more fresh air.

  • Are less frustrating.

  • Won’t dent or scratch like traditional screens.

If you’re looking to make life easier and increase the curb appeal of your windows, we’re with you. At Window Nation, we’ve added this new, award-winning product to many of our double hung window designs because we’re all about making our customers happy. And, we think these news screens will make you very very happy. Talk to one of our online representatives today to learn more about FlexScreen and how you can get them for your home.

Windows and screens are much like a beekeeper’s protective gear. It only takes a single hole or tear, and you’re vulnerable to getting stung. Only, with windows and screens, that sting comes in the form of an unexpected jump in heating/cooling costs, costly water damage in your walls, and a potential pest invasion. Sometimes, that sting is actually a sting. Improper screening also allows bees, wasps, hornets and other household pests an entry point into your home. That is why it is so important to have good windows and properly maintained screens on your house.

How to fix a damaged screen:

Tools needed to fix a damaged screen: Spline roller, flat blade screwdriver, duct tape, a utility knife, scissors, window screening, and new spline (found in any hardware store.)

  • Lay the screen and frame flat on a hard surface.

  • Duct tape the four corners to the surface.

  • Use the flat head screwdriver to gently pry up a corner of the spline (the strip found around the edge of the screen).

  • Gently pull out all of the spline.

  • Remove the old screen.

  • (optional) Clean the grooves around the inside of the frame.

  • Lay the new screen so that it leaves about 2 inches extra around the outside of the frame.

  • Use the convex side of your spline roller, starting at one corner, and start rolling in the new spline.

  • Use the flat edge screwdriver to push the spline into the corners.

  • Once the spline is completely in, use the concave side of the spline roller to do another pass.

  • Use a knife or a pair of scissors to cut off any excess spline.

  • Cut off any extraneous screen using your utility knife cutting at a 45 degree angle.

  • Install your new window screen back onto your window.

Curb Appeal

Screens also affect the curb appeal of your home. Even if you’re not currently in the market to sell, damaged screens can turn a beautiful home into an unsightly mess. If you’re out to impress, keeping your screens in great condition is a good way to start.

New Windows

Stunning windows is another way to make your home stand out, and when you get new windows from Window Nation, you’ll also get durable screens with strong fiberglass mesh and heavy-duty aluminum frames for long-lasting durability and solid protection from invading pests.

When it’s time for a new window or window screen, it’s time for Window Nation.